Last weekend was the annual Buffalo Suzuki Strings String Spring Concert. (Try saying that five times fast!) We have been doing these concerts since Thomas was four years old so they are getting to be old hat for us. We practiced our pieces, we placed our advertisement in the program, and then on Sunday, we packed up the cello, the cello bench, and the violin and drove to the University of Buffalo Center for the Performing Arts, arriving at the appointed time.
The highlight of the concert is always the Advanced Ensemble and the senior solos. This year the ensemble played Trepak by M. McLean. Then we heard two senior solos. Alexander Kennelly played Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude, Op. 10, No. 12 for piano; and William Boissonnault played the Vivace giocoso movement of Kabalevsky’s Concerto in C Major for violin. The performances of both these young gentlemen were quite amazing.
Of course, we enjoyed listening to our children perform as well. Jack played “Long, Long Ago” by T.H. Bayly with the cello class, and Thomas played “Chorus from Judas Maccabaeus” by G.H. Handel with his violin repertory class.
At the end of the concert, all the students, except for the very newest ones, play a collection of the Suzuki Book I folk songs. We took a video of “French Folk Song.” It’s one of our favorites. Enjoy.